TAHOE/TRUCKEE — Raquel Maldonado of Truckee is the Nevada County’s Read-Up literacy program’s latest success story as she successfully completed the reading, writing and oral examinations to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Along with 1,700 new citizens, she was sworn in at the state capitol in Sacramento on Jan. 24.
“We hope Raquel’s success will encourage others to join Read-Up,” said Rolann Aronson, program director.
“Raquel’s main challenge was the oral exam, but she passed it easily after three 90-minute sessions per week for six weeks,” said Lynn Mullen of Tahoe City, Maldonado’s volunteer tutor, who is a retired ESL and special education teacher.
“I knew all the possible questions, but I was scared that I’d forget the answers,” said Maldonado, who is married and a mother of two daughters. Maldonado added that her daughter Mayline (8), a first grader at Truckee Elementary School, was a big help in coaching her for the test.
For more information on the Read-Up program conducted by Nevada County at the Truckee Library, contact Rolann Aronson by e-mail at Kirma@cebridge.net.